IPL 2021: The worst nightmare came true for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on May 4 when the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season had to be postponed following a flurry of Covid-19 cases emerging from inside IPL’s secured bio-bubble.
However, BCCI is reportedly keen on completing the remainder of the IPL 2021 season in a foreign location, with venues in Sri Lanka, England and UAE being muted as possible destinations for phase 2.
But deciding and finalizing the venue is only one side of the problem. BCCI have to factor in other problems, like convincing foreign players to move into another bio-bubble, to keep IPL’s profile intact. And the reports emerging in the different media outlets indicate the road taking to the completion of IPL 2021 is bumpy.
New Zealand players are unlikely to participate in the second phase of IPL 2021 due to their national assignments during that period.
As per reports, BCCI is mulling over completing the IPL after the World Test Championship Final against New Zealand and the five-match Test Series against England. The month of September looks like the most likely window to complete the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League.
However, New Zealand are scheduled to play 3 ODIs and as many T20I against Pakistan in UAE in September. As per FTP rules, the series can’t be postponed or cancelled and top players have to be available for national duty. That means, Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson, and Mumbai Indians fast bowler Trent Boult, as well as Kyle Jamieson (RCB), Lockie Ferguson (KKR), Mitchell Santner (CSK), Tim Seifert (KKR), Finn Allen (RCB) and Adam Milne (MI) are likely to be unavailable for IPL 2021, provided they are selected in the national team.
NZ Players Who Could Miss IPL 2021 Phase 2:
Kane Williamson (SRH), Trent Boult (MI), Kyle Jamieson (RCB), Lockie Ferguson (KKR), Mitchell Santner (CSK), Tim Seifert (KKR), Finn Allen (RCB), Adam Milne (MI)
England are unlikely to give the NOC to its players as well whenever and wherever the IPL 2021 takes place.
England’s big guns Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler and Sam Curran, amongst many, may not be seen in phase 2 of IPL 2021.
ECB director of men’s cricket, Ashley Giles reiterated that the players won’t be allowed to miss International games for the next phase of IPL 2021 season.
“We’re planning on the involvement of England players in England matches,” Giles said.
“We’ve got a full FTP schedule. So if those tours to Pakistan and Bangladesh in September and October are going ahead, I’d expect the players to be there.”
“None of us knows what a rearranged IPL looks like at the moment; where it’s going to be or when. But from when we start this summer against New Zealand, our programme is incredibly busy.
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